#HurricaneFlorence Begins To Batter North Carolina, Duke Energy Anticipates Up To 3 Million Homes Losing Power

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Hurricane Florence is at the doorstep of North and South Carolina, and she’s not going away anytime soon. Outer bands from the hurricane are now lashing the land, at least a full day before the National Hurricane Center expects the slow-moving storm’s eye to blow ashore around the North Carolina-South Carolina line. Officials say people refusing to evacuate could end up alone, drenched and in the dark, as rescue crews won’t go out to help in winds above 50 mph (80 kph).
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—Size: Hurricane-force winds extend up to 80 miles (130 kilometers) from the center, and tropical storm-force winds extend up to 195 miles (315 kilometers). Overall, Florence is about 400 miles (644 kilometers) wide.

—Rainfall: parts of the Carolinas could see 20 inches (50 centimeters) to 30 inches (76 centimeters), with isolated areas getting 40 inches (101 centimeters), over seven days along the coast

—Storm surge: up to 13 feet (nearly 4 meters), and seawaters could push inland 2 miles (3 kilometers), depending on how long Florence lingers

—Intensity: maximum sustained winds at 105 mph (169 kph) down from a peak of 140 mph (225 kph) but still extremely dangerous

—Get out: 1.7 million people under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders, and more than 10 million people live in places currently under storm watches or warnings

—Grounded: Nearly 1,200 flights canceled through Friday

—Going dark: Duke Energy anticipates 1 million to 3 million homes and businesses losing power

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   AP
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